If your group is one of the 1,550 volunteers signed up for the Summer Program, thank you! Do you know a group or youth who would like to join in the experience? Direct them to our website for information about our programs. Individual youth who wish to serve but are not involved in a group are welcome at SSP! Learn more about the Individual Program or call our new Volunteer Coordinator Veronica Russell.
If you are an interested group, view the current availability and see if there is still space available during the weeks your friends will be attending. Registration is on a first-come first-served basis. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of the 40th year of service!
By Reverend Daniel Ross-Jones
We became an SSP church by attending a Sacramento Weekend of Service (WoS) in 2012. The hall of Oak Park United Methodist Church has become a sort of holy ground for our Middle School youth group. Our youth are excited to keep connections with their new friends alive throughout the year and their parents continue to be impressed by the stories their children bring back with them.
Since our first Sacramento WoS, we’ve expanded our service opportunities for youth. We are now regular participants in the Summer Middle School Program, and even drove from Palo Alto to a Los Angeles WoS with a group of High Schoolers last year. We’re working on more ways we can partner with SSP, both as an individual congregation and recruiting our sister church friends throughout our community and denomination.
As a pastor I am thrilled to continue partnering with such an ecumenical, progressive Christian organization grounded in an active, empowering faith. If you haven’t tried out a Weekend of Service yet, you’re missing out on the full SSP experience!
Editor’s Note: Rev. Daniel Ross-Jones is the Associate Minister at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Palo Alto, CA. Learn more about Weekends of Service.
Three Phoenix Weekends of Service are scheduled in January and February! We will be hosted and serving at UMOM New Day Centers, the largest homeless shelter for families in the state of Arizona. They have asked our weekend teams to paint classrooms and other spaces. Middle and High School youth groups are invited to experience SSP in our newest urban location!
The SSP Leadership Academy is an exciting and high-impact training program for experienced SSP staff members. All former employees who are planning to work for SSP in 2015 are invited and encouraged to apply for the SSP Leadership Academy. Eight participants will be accepted to participate in two all-expenses-paid, weekend sessions led by two professional, paid mentors.
February 13-15, 2015
March 20-22, 2015
Highlights of the program:
- Participants will develop real-world, transferable leadership skills
- The Academy is completely free, including airfare, meals and housing
- Available only to staff alumni who plan to work for SSP in 2015
- Program graduates are guaranteed a summer staff position in 2015
The Academy is a unique opportunity to develop insight into your strengths and increase your leadership skills. If you are prepared to reflect deeply on how your faith will shape your future and your role in the world, we strongly urge you to apply. If interested, complete the application and email it with the requested essays to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 15th, 2014.